The Golden Ring is a symbolic ring of Russian cities, which have long become classics of tourism in Russia. The route of these tours is a touch of Russian history, captured in the unique city views and architectural ensembles of Russian churches and monasteries.
This classic route includes the ancient cities of Suzdal and Vladimir, as well as Bogolyubovo - the former residence of Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky. You will also admire, perhaps, the most elegant monument of Russian architecture, the Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl
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Vladimir is an amazing city of unique monuments and stunning beauty of landscapes. The Vladimir-Suzdal school of architecture is recognized as unique and authentic. That is why a number of monuments of the Vladimir region are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Today we will enjoy the beauty of the Assumption Cathedral and Dmitrievsky Cathedral, with their famous ancient frescoes. You will also admire the most famous monument of Vladimir - the Golden Gate.
Perhaps, the most interesting museum of Vladimir is the Museum of Crystal, Lacquer Miniatures and Embroidery. Here you will admire the outstanding crystal masterpieces of the famous Gusev Glass-making Factory.
After lunch, we will go to Bogolyubovo, the residence of Russian prince Andrei Bogolyubsky. Now it is the most beautiful acting convent.
Not far from there, on a hill in the middle of a vast field, stands the lonely white church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl, built in 1165, the most lyrical monument of architecture. (Walk to the church depends on weather conditions).
Departure to Suzdal. Hotel check-in.
We will start the day with a guided tour around Suzdal, a city of stunning beauty and rare harmony. It is famous for the most picturesque surroundings, ancient majestic monasteries, temples and old wooden houses. High-rise construction is strictly forbidden in Suzdal, so one can feel the true spirit of ancient Russia here.
You will admire the ensemble of the Suzdal Kremlin - the oldest attraction of Suzdal, which is a genuine architectural wonder.
After lunch we will visit famous Suzdal monasteries, and then see a real wooden fairy tale - the Suzdal Museum of Wooden Architecture. This museum is a rare collection of authentic buildings for various purposes - from the houses of the poor rural people and wealthy villagers to unique windmills.
In the evening - we will have even more immersion into the Russian traditions - a visit to Russian banya (traditional bath).
Departure from Suzdal to Pereyaslavl Zalessky. City tour of Pereslavl-Zalessky, a city on the shores of the most ancient Lake Pleshcheyevo. The names of almost all the great princes and kings of Russia are associated with Pereslavl.
We will visit the local Red Square, which has been preserved From the ancient city to this day. It is now an open-air museum. The pearl and pride of Pereslavl, the Transfiguration Cathedral of the XII century is right in the center of it.
Departure to Sergiev Posad. We take a leisurely stroll through this old town near Moscow. Of course, we will enter the famous Trinity-Sergius Lavra, the largest Russian monastery. It charms with his outlines, the shine of the domes, the lines of the fortress walls, the number of different towers.